On this day, 39 years ago, India’s cricket team led by Kapil Dev won the 1983 World Cup – watch

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It was on this day, 39 years ago, when the India team led by Kapil Dev won their first World Cup title. Heading into the tournament, not many gave India a chance to win the competition, but Kapil Dev and his team surprised everyone by going all the way in the tournament. What made the win even sweeter was that India beat favorites the West Indies in a top-of-the-line encounter at Lords Cricket Ground. India defended an under-par score in the final as the bowling lineup showed a lively performance.

Nobody can forget the picture of Kapil Dev and his team standing on Lord’s Balcony with the World Cup in hand.

Watch: Kapil Dev’s India team wins historic World Cup

First hit, India was knocked out of the group with only 183 as Chris Srikanth scored the highest points with a stroke of 38. Sandeep Patel also scored 27 throws, but no other racket was able to stay in the crease for long. Sunil Gavaskar (2) and Kapil Dev (15) failed to go ahead with the bat.

Defending 184, Kapil Dev and his team had a big shot in the arm as the team managed to knock out Vivian Richards before he scored his half century. Kapil Dev took a great shot to beat Richards and returned to the wing after scoring 33.


Jeff Dogon scored 25 goals, but in the end, the West Indies innings slipped to 140 and India scored an all-out win 43 times. For India, Mohinder Amarnath and Madan Lal took three wickets each.

After this win, cricket got a huge boost in the country and the sport has ever looked back.

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